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Re: Marplan and insomnia and tolerance

Posted by Scott L. Schofield on December 30, 1999, at 14:08:20

In reply to Re: Marplan and insomnia (or something), posted by Elizabeth on December 27, 1999, at 23:09:55

(Not meant to be a flaming of Elizabeth).

> Phillip, …

> BTW, like others, I'd appreciate it if you'd be more concise and less rambling. I have attention problems (improved since I started Ambien again, though) and it's hard for me to read your long and not-always-entirely-coherent posts.

I wanted to say something, but I can’t find the right words.

I am still fairly new here, and have “made-ass” a few times early on (I’m sure there will be more to come). I think it was due to a combination of my need to be heard (end the feelings of isolation) and the need to feel smart (boost self-esteem), both of which are directly attributable to the bipolar depressive state I find myself in. But is that the real me?

I have not been here long enough to have a feel as to the many ways that people interact with one another in different situations. If this issue has already been dealt with, I apologize. Also – for Elizabeth – please don’t take any offense that I chose your post to reply to. It just seemed to hit me at that moment.

Is it more compassionate to understand and avoid reacting to the behaviors and words of one whose mental state has been compromised by illness, or to be reactionary in such a way as to disregard the contribution of that illness to the resultant psyche? Is it one’s fault that they are mentally ill – regardless of diagnosis? Is it within their control to change without any help and of their own volition? Perhaps it is the honest knee-jerk reaction of others that helps one to recognize that something is not right. Would this not be the more compassionate choice, as it might lead to an improvement in their quality of life?

I dunno.

- Scott




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